Beta Tauri


Distance (Light Years) 131.0 ± 4.6
Apparent Magnitude 1.65
Color (B-V)-0.13

Names For This Star

This star is also known as Alnath, or Nath. The name derives from the Arabic name Al Natih, "The Butting One." The name is appropriate to the position of the star at the tip of the western horn of Taurus.

The star is also know as Gamma Aurigae.

Description of the Star

Elnath is a blue B7III giant about 300 times as luminous as the sun. The spectrum indicates that the star is surrounded by an expanding shell of material expelled from the star.

Other Designations For This Star


112 Tauri

Hipparcos Identifier (HIP Number)


Harvard Revised (HR Number)


Henry Draper Catalog (HD Number)


Bonner Durchmusterung (BD Number)

BD+28 795
Smithsonian Astrophysical
Observatory compendium (SAO Number)

Fundamental Katalog (FK5 Number)



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